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PITTSBURGH — The Rangers have relied on goalie Igor Shesterkin all season long. Friday night, he even turned in an assist at a crucial moment of their 5-3 Game 6 victory over the Penguins.

With the Rangers on a power play in the second period, Shesterkin skated without hesitation all the way to the bottom of the right faceoff circle to meet the Penguins’ clear of the puck, with the score tied 2-2.

Shesterkin launched the puck up the ice while the Penguins made a change. The puck hit Mika Zibanejad square on the tape of his stick. Zibanejad put the puck on net and Chris Kreider cleaned up the loose rebound to give the Rangers their first lead of the night en route to the victory that teed up a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

“I practice,” Shesterkin said, without the help of a translator, of his secondary assist on Kreider’s first of two goals on the night.

Igor Shesterkin (right) celebrates with Chris Kreider after the Rangers' Game 6 win over Pittsburgh.
Igor Shesterkin (right) celebrates with Chris Kreider after the Rangers’ Game 6 win over Pittsburgh.
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Shesterkin made 31 saves in his first win on the road in this first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against Pittsburgh, where the crowd has relentlessly taunted the Rangers’ star goalie in all three games at PPG Paints Arena. The jeers began even before the national anthem on Friday night, and continued periodically throughout the game, as they have all series long.

The 26-year-old, who is getting his first taste of real playoff hockey after one appearance in the 2020 bubble playoffs in front of an empty arena, admitted that it has been difficult to play on the road this postseason.

“It’s very difficult,” he said. “I try to go to my mind. I try to keep focus.”

Rangers director of goaltending Benoit Allaire gave him a tip, Shesterkin said, but he opted not to share it.

“When the game is over, you just try to forget about the game,” Shesterkin said. “Doesn’t matter if you win or lose. You need to win four in this series. I [was] pulled out twice, doesn’t matter. Coach believes in me. I would like to say thanks. I just try to find my game.”

The Rangers fell into a 2-0 hole for the second time in as many games. Asked what’s going through his mind in that moment, Shesterkin said, bluntly, that nothing changes for him.

“I know we need to go back to New York for Game 7,” he said. “And I just tried to focus on the puck all the time.”


Tyler Motte played for the first time since April 7, when the trade-deadline acquisition suffered what the Rangers described as a “significant” upper-body injury against, coincidentally, the Penguins. In the third period of an eventual 4-1 Rangers win that night, Pittsburgh winger Anthony Angello landed a high hit on Motte and knocked him out for the final 15 games of the regular season.

Tyler Motte fights for the puck during the Rangers' win over the Penguins.
Tyler Motte fights for the puck during the Rangers’ win over the Penguins.
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Angello, who played in four games for the Penguins this season, hasn’t played in this first-round Stanley Cup series.

Motte recorded one shot on goal and one hit over 9:32 of ice time in Game 6, which included 2:11 while the Rangers were shorthanded.

Defenseman Patrik Nemeth was a healthy scratch for the first time in this series.


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Naomi Campbell supports Kate Moss after Johnny Depp testimony

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Naomi Campbell will always have Kate Moss’ back.

The model took to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday to praise her pal for taking the witness stand on behalf of Johnny Depp and his ongoing legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard.

“YES WAGON TELL IT !! @ katemossagency,” Campbell, 52, wrote, using the nickname she has used for Moss, 48, for years.

Campbell’s words were accompanied by a screengrab of an article recapping Moss’ statements in court, in which the model denied Heard’s claim that Depp pushed her down a flight of stairs during their ’90s romance. 

As previously reported, Moss was called as a rebuttal witness for Depp, 58, in his $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard, 36. The trial is now in its sixth and final week in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia.

Kate Moss appearing virtually in court to offer testimony for Johnny Depp
Moss, who dated Depp in the ’90s, appeared in court virtually as a rebuttal witness for the actor.
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“He never pushed me, kicked me, or threw me down any stairs,” Moss said over video from Gloucester, England. 

Moss told jurors that she fell down a flight of stairs and injured herself during a rainy night in Jamaica at the GoldenEye Resort. 

“Johnny had left the room before I did, and there had been a rainstorm. And as I left the room, I slid down the stairs and hurt my back,” she testified. 

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Depp is nearing the end of his $50 million defamation trial with ex-wife Heard.
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“I screamed because I didn’t know what happened to me and I was in pain. And [Depp] came running back to help me and carried me to my room and got me medical attention.”

Depp’s attorney Ben Chew then asked Moss, “Did Mr. Depp push you in any way down the stairs?”

She asserted, “No.” 

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“There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me,” Moss told Vanity Fair in 2012.
“Johnny did for a bit.”
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Moss was 20 and Depp was 31 when they dated from 1994 until 1997. Following their split, the actor moved on with now-ex Vanessa Paradis. Depp and Paradis, 49, share kids Lily-Rose, 22, and Jack, 20. 

Though Moss once described her breakup with Depp as a “nightmare,” she has remained resolutely supportive of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star. 

“There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me,” Moss told Vanity Fair in 2012. “Johnny did for a bit.” 


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Ari Emanuel to marry Sarah Staudinger in St. Tropez this weekend

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Hollywood superagent Ari Emanuel will seal his latest deal this weekend.

Sources confirmed to Page Six that Emanuel — the hard-charging inspiration for Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold character on the HBO hit “Entourage” — will tie the knot with designer Sarah Staudinger in a star-studded ceremony in St. Tropez, France.

Conveniently, the nuptials will coincide with the end of the nearby Cannes Film Festival.

Insiders told Page Six that guests are already headed to the wedding location for the upcoming festivities.

While the guest list currently remains under wraps, Emanuel is known to rep A-list names including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Christian Bale, Whoopi Goldberg, Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlize Theron, Larry David and Joaquin Phoenix. He also previously represented Donald Trump in his “Apprentice” days.

On the family side, his brothers are former mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel and bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel.

The couple got engaged last May, we exclusively reported.
The couple got engaged last May, Page Six exclusively reported.
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Meanwhile, Staudinger’s fashion line, Staud, has celebrity fans including Kendall Jenner, Lizzo, Bella and Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez and Margot Robbie.

Page Six exclusively revealed last May that Emanuel and Staudinger got engaged. They started dating in 2018, after he and his first wife, Sarah Addington, filed for divorce after 20 years of marriage. They reportedly separated in 2014, and have three kids together.

Emanuel, 61, and Staudinger, 33, broke up in 2020, then reconciled around the start of 2021. He popped the question after his company, Endeavor, debuted on the stock market, a source told us at the time.

The wedding will coincide with the Cannes Film Festival.
The wedding will coincide with the Cannes Film Festival.
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The Brentwood, Calif., home he shared with Addington went on the market last year for $25.9 million, while he bought a 2-acre Beverly Hills estate for $27.5 million in October 2020.

A rep did not comment.

The Wrap was first to report on the Emanuel wedding.


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Heat trapped by greenhouse gases reached highest level yet in 2021, scientists say

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Greenhouse gases emitted by human activities trapped much more heat in 2021 than they did three decades ago, according to scientists.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an update to its Annual Greenhouse Gas Index on Monday. The index is used to provide a measurement of the amount of heating greenhouse gases are causing.

In 2021, the index reached a value of 1.49, which is 49% more than 1 value that is assigned to 1990 – the year of the Kyoto Protocol, one of the earliest binding climate change agreements signed by 192 countries. The value of 0 is assigned to the beginning of the industrial revolution in 1750.

Carbon dioxide levels

According to scientists, carbon dioxide is the most abundant of the green greenhouse gases and grew by 2.6 parts per million last year. The level has risen by 61 ppm since 1990, and accounts for 80% of the increased heat shown in the AGGI.

“CO2 is the main player because it stays in the atmosphere and oceans for thousands of years and it is by far the largest contributor to global warming,” said Pieter Tans, senior scientist at NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory.

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Carbon dioxide grew by 2.6 parts per million last year.
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Methane sources still not clear

Methane, or CH4, is another greenhouse gas that drives climate change, but scientists are still trying to understand what is causing its increase.

Scientists said CH4 levels grew by 16.9 parts per billion in 2021 – the fastest observed increase since the early 1980s.

The nature of its increase is important to understand because it warms the earth 30 to 90 times more than an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide. However, it stays in the atmosphere a much shorter amount of time than CO2 – decades compared to millennia. 

According to scientists, the increased methane may be coming less from fossil fuels and more from wetlands, agriculture and landfills.

“We should absolutely target man-made methane emissions — especially those from fossil fuel —  because it is technologically feasible to control them,” said Xin Lan, a scientist from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. “If wetlands are giving off more methane because of warming and changes in global precipitation caused by rising CO2 levels, that’s something we can’t control directly, and that would be very concerning.”

Other gases being monitored

There are a total of 19 greenhouse gases that are monitored by scientists. While carbon dioxide and methane make up the bulk of these gases in the atmosphere, another one called nitrous oxide, or N2O, comes in third.

According to scientists, N2O levels are primarily the result of the use of fertilizer for agriculture.

“We can find alternative energy sources to replace fossil fuels, but cutting emissions associated with producing food is a very difficult task,” said Stephen Montzka, the GML scientist who leads the AGGI report each year.

The remaining 16 greenhouse gases make up about 4% of heat that has been trapped since 1750, according to scientists.


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